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Holmdel Park to Close for Deer Hunting

Muzzleloader season began this month. Have you seen any hunters?

It’s deer season, and several Monmouth County parks will be closed this month to allow for hunting.

Muzzleloader season began Dec. 2, and Holmdel Park will be closed Dec. 12, 16 and 19, Thompson Park 
will be closed Dec. 13 and Huber Huber Woods Park 
will be closed Jan. 10, 17 and 24 when winter bow season begins, according to the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The season bag limit is one deer of either sex if a Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit is purchased. However, if the hunter chooses not to purchase the Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit then the bag limit is one antler less deer. 

According to Monmouth County, the Board of Recreation Commissioners recognizes that the hunting program, instituted in 2004, is the most efficient and effective means currently available for reducing the population of white-tailed deer at designated county park locations. The board and staff will continue to pursue the implementation of other, non-lethal management methods of the white-tailed deer when suitable options become available.

Click here for a copy of the 2012-13 Deer Annual Report.

To get a county hunting license, hunters must obtain a valid NJ hunting license or permit, present a hunting safety education card, provide proof of being at least 18 years old, and pay $20. For more information, call 732-842-4000 ext. 4256 or email

Carol Beckenstein December 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Thank you, Patch, for alerting the public. I thought that the muzzle loaded guns were "only" at Lucent. This is outrageous. Where is the local government on this? Are they impotent against the Freeholders on Park matters? Thanks for any info. you can give us.
Todd Tremaine December 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Carol- Who is "Us"?
Carol Beckenstein December 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Todd Tremaine: "us" would be the OTHER READERS of Patch and myself. What is your point?
Thomas Scarano December 12, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Good to see carol out there still trying to manufacture a crisis
Nick J. December 12, 2013 at 09:38 AM
I wish these hunts would occur throughout town, including Bayonet Farms which is located on the most dangerous road in Monmouth County....Middletown Rd. Heaven forbid if you have to avoid a deer on this road, you will never survive the crash either down an embankment or into a tree. Carol, let me ask you this....Is there a problem with the deer population and if so, what would you do to correct the problem? We Patch readers want to hear your response.
Todd Tremaine December 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Thanks for the clarification Carol.
Carol Beckenstein December 12, 2013 at 06:53 PM
You are welcome Todd. Nick J., and Tom, I am just alerting the public to the hunt and warning of the danger to our school children. As I wrote previously, this is not about the deer or the hunters: it is about THE CHILDREN.
Suzann Brucato December 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I have to respond to this with great anger at the current situation. In October, I was traveling on the GSP northbound near mile marker 102 at 7:30 in the evening when bambi ran out into the highway, into my car. Fortunately, the car damage was not significant. Even though I swerved my car into the next lane, there was no one there, and after I pulled over to the side of the road, realized there were about six more where she came from. At least once a week, as I am driving, day or night, deer are crossing roads, not just neighborhood roads, but highways throughout Monmouth County. While I agree with others that public hunting has issues with respect to our children, SOMETHING MUST BE DONE IMMEDIATELY TO REDUCE THIS AUTOMOTIVE RISK. I am not in favor of killing animals, but their crossing highways causes a greater risk - killing us. This is a timely issue, a significant issue, and something must be done throughout the county, immediately, as their population is growing!!!
Nick J. December 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Well said Suzann. You cannot put a price (the # of deer) vs saving a human life. As you mention, this is a very critical issue throughout the County, as the deer population must be thinned for public safety.
Nick J. December 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Carol, perhaps I missed it but please explain what your issue is with re to the children. This hunt is occurring when children are in school?
Carol Beckenstein December 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM
It is being held Mondays and Thursdays until 12 Noon
Susan S December 13, 2013 at 03:44 PM
The parks are closed while the hunting is on and I've seen very clear signs stating the reasons. But it's great that it's here too so that people know before they go.


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